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How to disinfect your duty gear amid COVID-19 concerns

With lots of misinformation out there on how to prevent contamination of duty gear, here’s a resource that sets the record straight


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The Safariland Group’s mission, “Together, We Save Lives,” is inherent in the lifesaving and protective products it delivers.

During this unpreceded time, Safariland intends to further this mission by supporting law enforcement and military agencies who are out on the front lines, selflessly exposing themselves to the potentially deadly respiratory disease COVID-19, caused by the fast-spreading novel coronavirus.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, and the agency warns that the virus can remain infectious on hard surfaces, such as plastic and steel, for up to three days. (image/Safariland)
According to the Centers for Disease Control, there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, and the agency warns that the virus can remain infectious on hard surfaces, such as plastic and steel, for up to three days. (image/Safariland)

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, and the agency warns that the virus can remain infectious on hard surfaces, such as plastic and steel, for up to three days.

In order to prevent exposure and illness, it is critical for first responders to frequently clean and thoroughly disinfect all duty equipment, such as holsters, duty belts and accessories.

Important guidelines on how to properly clean and disinfect Safariland / Bianchi duty gear:

  • Visibly dirty surfaces should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • Duty gear products can be cleaned by wiping with a damp cloth. Any liquid or powder soap and water, along with a scouring pad, will assist in cleaning.
  • Once the item is thoroughly clean, proceed to disinfect it with a surface-safe disinfectant, such as antibacterial soap, Lysol, a 10% solution of household chlorine bleach or EPA-registered disinfectant wipes. Caution: Some listed chemicals on the EPA site may result in damage to the finish of the product.
  • Refer to disinfectant label for the required contact time, the product shelf life and all safety
  • instructions prior to handling and use.
  • The surface should remain visibly wet for the prescribed contact time in order to produce disinfection. Note: If the surface is not kept wet for the appropriate amount of time needed to kill the microorganisms, it is possible to spread microorganisms with the wipe.
  • After the prescribed disinfectant contact time, the surface may be wiped dry or be allowed to air dry. Be sure the product is completely dry prior to use.
  • Refer to the Shooting Gear Catalog for additional information on the proper care for all duty gear products.

For questions or concerns about properly disinfecting Safariland duty gear products, please refer to Safariland’s COVID-19 update.

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